Several bars, restaurants face penalties and possible legal trouble after defiance of order

Crystal Bui
Created: December 31, 2020 09:17 AM

(KSTP) - Several bars and restaurants across Minnesota are facing penalties for openly defying the governor's executive order. Some of those businesses could also face legal consequences.

Under Executive Order 20-99 (as modified and extended by Executive Order 20-103), the Attorney General's office has filed nine lawsuits against establishments that opened in intentional violation of the executive orders: eight bar/restaurants and one gym.

The Attorney General's office has also assisted the Minnesota Department of Health in the one lawsuit it has filed against a bar/restaurant.

Those facing legal action are:

“Despite our efforts to gain voluntary compliance, they have defied court order, and the court order has the force of law,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

Ellison is reminding restaurant owners that there are better ways to handle business, including applying for state or federal aid.

“I want people to know that the state legislature passed over $216-billion in relief aid to you. Please contact the proper authorities to get that money, so that you can keep going.”

Ellison also says in situations where restaurants are defying the executive order, the state could also seek to take their profits during that timeframe.

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